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An Urgent Message From Father Linsky Concerning Catholic Radio

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At the end of the three Sunday Masses I celebrated last weekend, I announced that Saint Peter’s School has received a Low Power FM Radio license as long as we begin broadcasting by August 6th. I also indicated we need to raise approximately $25,000 to buy the equipment and pay for its installation in order to meet the FCC imposed deadline. As I realize all of this comes as a bit of a surprise, I’d like to briefly explain how we came to this point.
As background, in 2010, Congress passed the Local Community Radio Act President Obama signed into law in January, 2011. Concerning this, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski said, “Low power FM stations are small, but they make a giant contribution to local community programming. This important law eliminates the unnecessary restrictions that kept these local stations off the air in cities and towns across the country.” LPFM licenses may be issued to non-commercial educational entities, and public safety and transportation organizations. Individuals and holders of other types of broadcast licenses are not eligible to hold an LPFM license.

Given this, proponents of Catholic radio in South Carolina met with Bishop Guglielmone seeking his endorsement to ask select Catholic schools in key coverage areas to apply for LPFM licenses. With the Bishop on board, I and other priests were asked to seek a license with the understanding Mediatrix South Carolina, a non-profit Catholic lay group of volunteers, would prepare the applications and raise the funds to bring these stations on-line. When the applications were submitted, expectations were low that all would be approved. Hence, our surprise when they were approved concurrently making the fund-raising challenge insurmountable for a small, volunteer organization.
Unlike commercial stations, LPFM stations have a modest reach. However, Saint Peter’s School FM Station will cover much of the local area with 24-hour broadcasting supplied by Mediatrix Radio SC. Currently, around 70% of the content is provided by EWTN at no cost. However, Saint Peter’s will have the ability to produce local content such as our Mass and special music, make announcements and share information of importance to us as well as import other content we value. Further, this provides our school educational opportunities to learn about this important media.
I have been asked about the long-terms costs of setting up our station. As has been explained to me, the primary cost will be that of electricity, maintenance and re-licensing fees in eight years. I would expect these costs to be $5,000 per year.

Since my request for assistance to off-set the up-front costs of setting up our radio station, two individuals, one who attended Saint Peter’s for the first time on Sunday and another who is a “part-time” member, presented checks totaling $10,000 to make this possible. Thus, we still need to raise $15,000. I believe with your help, we will have no difficulty achieving this.
In a state where only 4% are Catholic, there are no Catholic universities, our message of hope and the love of Christ can be challenging to transmit. The presence of Catholic radio in Columbia will help Saint Peter’s to spread the Good News from a Catholic perspective to vulnerable university students, military personnel and perhaps 250,000 citizens, the largest reach of any proposed Catholic LPFM station in our state. Given this, I hope you’ll help provide the balance of funds to make this possible.

Respectfully,
Fr. Gary S. Linsky
The Very Rev. Gary S. Linsky, V.F.
Pastor

From the Pastor’s Desk

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What a wonderful few weeks we’ve had at Saint Peter’s! Of great note, we’ve welcomed a new Parochial Vicar who is already winning minds and hearts by his beautiful Masses and homilies. What a joy to have him here among us. That extra pair of hands will become especially important when we enter late summer and early fall and our parish life resumes to its full schedule and more!
I am also thankful to all who came to join me this past Wednesday to celebrate my 20th Anniversary as a priest of the Diocese of Charleston. As I also had a birthday on the 11th, these two milestones are a reminder of all of God’s blessings in my life. Sharing my Anniversary with so many of you, was, for me, a wonderful way of recounting the purpose of my ordination…to serve the people of God.  Priesthood is never about the individual, but about the greater Church and in my 20 years of service, God has graced me with the blessings of experiencing the Church in many parts of the world.

Special thanks, too, for the wonderful food you brought to share. I remember one boy from my parish in Japan who, when asked what meal he wanted his Mom to cook for his birthday said, “Potluck!” It’s one of my favorites, too.
I hope you are all taking time this summer to refresh and regroup as you enjoy family time and trips out of the heat that is Columbia. May God richly bless you and prepare us all for the great work that lies ahead!

Fraternally,
Fr. Gary S. Linsky
The Very Rev. Canon Gary S. Linsky, V.F.
Pastor

Father Linsky’s 20th Anniversary Celebration

On July 8th 2015 The Very Rev. Gary S. Linsky, V.F., Pastor of Saint Peter’s celebrated the 20th anniversary of his Ordination to the Priesthood.  As St Peter’s parish we were lucky enough to be part of this celebration through the wonderful celebration of the Liturgy and afterwards with fellowship at a parish pot luck.
Congratulations, Father Linsky.  Thank you for your years of service!

 

60 Minute Info Sessions for Parents

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 When?  Tuesday July 21 at 6 p.m.  or Thursday, August at 6 p.m.
Where?  In the Conference Room, Cardinal Bernardin Center
Who? With Principal, Mrs. Kathy Preston
 

 

Please sign up to attend: Emily Hero, EHero@StPetersCatholicSchool.org, 779-0036

YOU WILL FIND OUT ABOUT:

  • A+ academic program 4-year-old kindergarten through 6th Grade
  • Financial Aid—how it works and how to apply
  • What The National Center for Education, which issues “The Nation’s Report Card” on schools, says about academic achievement and Catholic elementary schools
  • Why small class size is so crucial in elementary school
  • How Catholic faith & traditions develop virtuous character
  • How St. Peter’s School children score in national achievement tests
  • Special music program in collaboration with USC
  • SACS(Southern Association of Schools & Colleges) accreditation and why St. Peter’s has achieved it for over 40 years
  • Plus tour the school, get all your questions answered and more!

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